BriefingBMJ 1997; 315 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7123.3a (Published 20 December 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:S3a-7123
Two important regulations finally attained the weight of parliamentary approval last week and are publicised elsewhere in this supplement. The statutory changes to GP registrar summative assessment have been a long time coming. They contain few surprises and will be the subject of a full article in the new year. On the other hand the transitional provisions for entry to the specialist register grade have been subject to ongoing debate (BMJ 1997;Classified suppl: 8 Nov http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/315/7117/S2-7117. This week sees official confirmation that the transitional period for existing specialists to be entered on the register has been extended to 1 December 1998. Doctors who wish to be assessed must apply to the Specialist Training Authority (STA) through their royal college or faculty by 1 April 1998, with a view to completing any necessary additional training by 1 December 2001.